Curriculum Guide September 2020: Changes to the Curriculum
At Robin Hood Juniors, as well as developing the children’s knowledge we aim to develop their independent learning skills, as well as continuing to build their self-confidence, resilience and desire to go further with their learning.
We know that many of you enjoyed the opportunity to work more closely with your child during lockdown and we have made some changes to the way we are teaching to keep that partnership going.
One of the main changes you will notice is the introduction of Knowledge Organisers. As well as developing the children’s skills, we want the children to learn and be able to recall the key facts from each of the topics taught. They include the essential facts about the topic, laid out in chunks; key vocabulary and their definitions; images including maps and diagrams.
Knowledge Organisers help us to achieve that as they give children the ‘bigger picture’. In order to make learning permanent, the children have to move it into their long-term memory. Every time a child revisits a fact, the connections associated with it in their brain become stronger. Eventually the fact moves into long-term memory and will be permanent. As the children know more, their capacity to learn and make meaningful links between their learning grows. These key facts will be revisited and built on during your child’s four years with us.
We will be giving the children a Knowledge Organiser for each science, geography and history topic. As well as having regular opportunities in class to learn these key facts, the children will benefit from your support at home to achieve this.
In these subjects the children are going to be recording their work in booklets rather than in exercise books. These will maximise the time the children can spend exploring and discussing the learning in class and reduce the amount of unnecessary recording; we will also encourage the children to reflect on their learning and go further in areas that spark their interest.
This year we are also going to be using Google Classroom more regularly as a learning resource. When your child logs in to Google at home, you will have access to these classrooms and be able to see what the children are learning in greater detail than ever before. We will be sharing these with the children over the next few weeks. Please try to find some time with your child to have a look at the learning they will be covering.
What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
At Robin Hood Junior School we view Sex and Relationships Education as learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up. Some aspects are taught in science, and others are taught as part of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).
A comprehensive programme of SRE provides accurate information about the body and reproduction alongside giving children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships and staying safe both on and offline.
The DfE has published an FAQ document for parents to help them understand the forthcoming changes in statutory RSE from September 2020. The FAQ is also available in Arabic and Urdu, and can be found at the link below.